Developer Swag: 10 Sidebar Gadgets for Developers

Brent Sheets

I've assemblied a collection of 10 Windows Vista sidebar gadgets that are geared especially toward developers. Keep these handy gadgets at your fingertips to convert code between Visual Basic and C#, search MSDN for developer content, and much more. Take a look.

Don't miss the two previous articles in this Developer Swag series, visit 10 geek goodies from Microsoft and Free Visual Studio Add-ins for more free developer downloads.


DOWNLOAD   Code Converter
  "A convenient desktop gadget for .NET developers to convert C# to VB and VB to C#. Service provided by Telerik. Conversions powered by NRefactory."
DOWNLOAD   MSDN Search Gadget
  "This gadget allows you to search the MSDN library for APIs and other developer content, right from the sidebar. This gadget was authored by Nikhil Kothari, using Script#."
DOWNLOAD   Visual Studio 2005 Recent Projects
  "This gadget will give you the ability to open your recently used projects in Visual Studio. There is an auto update function built-in, so you'll always have the latest version."
  "Search MSDN videos or select from existing categories. Hovering on the links opens a tooltip with a thumbnail and title. Clicking on the link opens the video."
DOWNLOAD   Microsoft Knowledge Base Search Gadget
  "Being in the IT support industry I often times find myself relying on the wealth of knowledge that resides within Microsoft's KB. With this gadget I now always have an easy search at my fingertips."
DOWNLOAD   PHP Function Finder Mini
  "This is a modification of great gadget "PHP Function Finder" coded by Ryan Stemkoski."
  "Enter your User Name, Password and the server address and this gadget will instantly connect you to the server. Use this for fast access to any FTP server."
DOWNLOAD   Fenâtre Code Search
  "Search for code in GoogleCode, CodeProject, MSDN ref, Google all at once."
DOWNLOAD   Command Launcher
  "A simple gadget which allows you to open files, documents, and applications directly from the Windows Sidebar."
DOWNLOAD   CyberCoders Job Alerts
  "Keep up to date on your job searches with this Vista Sidebar gadget and your existing CyberCoders profile and job alerts. Requires an account."


Brent Sheets is a former Senior Editor at TechTarget and a frequent contributor to He founded and managed the popular Visual Basic Web Directory website until it was acquired by TechTarget in 2000 and relaunched as Brent offers tips and tweaks for Apple technology on

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